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Eight Great Plays as Literature and as Philosophy (MP3 download)

By Leonard Peikoff


This course is designed to give you the ability to understand, judge and savor the values offered by great drama.  A list of recommended translations is included.

Plays include: Antigone by Sophocles; Othello by Shakespeare; Le Cid by Corneille; Don Carlos by Schiller; An Enemy of the People by Ibsen; St. Joan by Shaw; and Monna Vanna by Maeterlinck.

Lecture topics include: plot-theme as the key to a play; Antigone as a great heroine; Iago as the blackest villain in literature; the Corneillian hero; Schiller's Grand Inquisitor scene as the most dramatic and philosophic in all theater; Ibsen and Roark; Shaw's genius in presenting the genius against society; and much more. The course concludes with a lecture, not part of the original series, on Cyrano de Bergerac by Rostand.

Recorded in July, 1993 in San Francisco, CA.

(MP3 download; 18 hrs., 27 min., 796.09 MB)

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